Are Dogs Really the Best Judge of Human Character?
THE MORNING LINE:
The early a.m. roundup, from the inspired to the creatively tired...
I've had dogs. I've had cats. There was the odd rabbit, box turtle and garden snake (though not in the same cage...for long). And growing up, there was also an old stunt horse, a veteran of Hollywood westerns, who would respond unpredictably to random commands like "Stagecoach!"
Yet the shrewdest judge of character I ever came across was a lithe, streetwise tabby who ruled the neighborhood with fierce, blue-eyed intelligence. If she liked someone, the neighborhood amusingly knew the individual must be a pretty fair character.
All of which -- spurred by today's "NON SEQUITUR" -- prompts the Official 'Riffs Reader Question of the Day: What type of pet do you think is the best judge of human character?
'Riffs invites your replies, which will be promptly lapped up.
SPONGECAT SQUAREDOG: In today's "GARFIELD," the visually morphed Jon looks startingly like a big-eared version of Squidward from "SpongeBob SquarePants." (Compare Squidward's image for yourself.)
TASTE TEST: Jules Feiffer, eh? Now we know that Red has particularly good, if not precocious, taste. Good on ya, Red.
BEST/"WORST" VISUAL OF THE DAY: To sum up the second panel of today's juicy "ZITS" in a single word: Yeeps! I'm both repelled and oddly compelled to gaze at that art. (Which, actually, is quite the twin feat.) If nothing else, it would make for a mean "suction-cup" car-window toy to rival anything Garfield ever committed to plastic.
CIRCUS TACT: Somehow, I get strangely optimistic when one of the "children" scribbles "FAMILY CIRCUS" all week -- in the sudden hope that one of the gags might ring with true, brutal childlike honesty.
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